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User Review for Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat
This seat has a 5 star rating and easily passes all American safety regulations. This seat is perfect for a parent looking for easy installation, safety and comfort. For more information on this seat and other infant car seats, visit www.best-baby-seat.com. This safety provided so much information for me when I made my decision.
User Review for Safety 1st onBoard™ 35 Air Infant Car Seat
I absolutely love this seat! It gives me peace of mind knowing that my child rides in comfort and safety anytime we travel. For more information on this seat and other infant car seats, visit www.best-baby-seat.com. This safety provided so much information for me when I made my decision.
User Review for Boulevard 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat
I was in a car accident last night. We were going 45 mph and slammed into the front of another car. I walked away with a cervical strain, a concussion, and several bruises. My 10 month old son walked away without even a minor cut or bruise. I am so thankful I spent the money on this carseat. It literally saved my son's life.
User Review for Boulevard 70-G3 Convertible Car Seat
I've waited about 6 month to comment on this car seat. Well constructed with safety in mind. Its easy to transfer from one car to another. The material is easy to clean and we've had a few things spilled on it. There are cheaper seats out there but you get what you pay for.
User Review for Safety 1st Alpha Omega Elite Convertible Car Seat
We have been really happy with this carseat! We have two - one for each vehicle - and we've used them since our daughter was about six months old. She is now 21 months and we've never had a problem. It's very easy to adjust which is especially nice when the weather temperature fluctuates day to day and she's wearing shorts one day and a heavy jacket the next. We have never had a problem with the straps. I'm not quite sure what the problem is there. User error? Using the latch system, it's very easy to place in and out of the vehicle when necessary and when installed it's very secure. We now have another baby that I need to buy two more of these for and I'm sure we'll be just as satisfied. Although, we didn't use this seat for a newborn because I prefer the convenience of an infant car seat/carrier to take the baby in and out of the car.
Car Seat Facts
Did you know that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), babies should ride in a car seat that is installed in the rear-facing position to the maximum weight and height allowed for that car seat? If you are ever concerned about making sure your car seat is properly positioned, you can consider having a car seat inspection. Not only is it free, but it is simple to find an inspection site near you. Just simply go to: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/. You should also keep in mind that your pediatrician will always have the latest safety information regarding car seats.
Experts suggest that you should purchase the best car seat that your budget can allow. The car seat acts as the child's bodyguard while on the road and could save his/her life in the event of an accident! In the event of an accident, consumers should replace the car seat to ensure maximum safety for the future.
Experts also want consumers to be aware of their own states regulations concerning car seats. Consumers may need purchase additional car seats or boosters to meet these safety standards for their child's age and weight. If you are unsure of your state's regulations, you can access this link to: state car seat laws, to find out more information.
- Cup holders
- Soft toys
- Bunting or boots that keep baby warm
- Belly and shoulder pads for protection and comfort
In the event of a car seat recall you may want to check your car seat manufacturer and model. Visit the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration for more information.
| ||Infant Only||Convertible||Booster|
|Age||Newborn to 1 year||Newborn and up||Toddler 3 and up|
|Weight||Up to 20 pounds||Up to 80 pounds||40 to 80 pounds|
|Orientation||Rear Facing only||Rear & Forward Facing||Forward Facing only|
Weight is approximate - always follow the manufacturer's guidelines and your pediatrician's advice.
- Five-Point Harness: Secure a child at the shoulders, the hips, and between the legs, which restrains the strongest sections of the body. This makes the five-point harness the safest.
- Three-Point Harness: Secures a child at the shoulders and between the legs.
- The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) System: The LATCH system is specially designed to connect your car seat to built-in metal anchors in the back seat. When a car seat does not have a LATCH system the seat belt is used as an anchor.
- Tether: The tether is an extra snap on piece that connects the car seat to the back seat behind the cars back seat headrest for additional security. Most forward-facing and some rear-facing car seats include a snap on tether.
- EPS (Expanded polystyrene) Foam: Energy Absorbing Foam used in car seats to absorb the impact of a crash and protect baby. Manufacturers have performed extensive testing to determine the major points of impact in a crash and have added more EPS in those areas for additional support. The objective of the EPS in the car seat is that it will take the full impact in the even of a crash and protect your baby. If this were to happen the EPS could be broken crushed. In the event that the EPS is damaged when it has absorbed chock or for any other reason, contact the manufacturer to see if it can be replaced.
Types of Car Seats:
- Rear-Facing Seat - only able to face the rear of the vehicle and is used for infants.
- Front-Facing Seat - only able to be used facing the front of the vehicle and is used for older children
- Convertible Seat - has the ability to be a rear facing seat for infants as well as forward facing for older children
- Booster Seat - designed for children 4 or older. The seat helps the seat belt to be positioned correctly around the child.
An infant car seat is the first seat your baby will ever use. An infant car seat accommodates a child that is between 5-22 lbs. and up to 29in. tall. It is important to follow all manufacturer guidelines and state regulations to ensure the safety of your baby. These car seats often feature a canopy which is adjustable or has the ability to rotate. The canopy will protect the car seat from all types of weather.
Safety features such as the LATCH system are featured in many of the infant car seats. LATCH makes installation more secure as the car seat will attach to anchor points, which all cars now have installed by the manufacturer. Another outstanding safety feature available in certain car seat models is EPS foam. EPS foam makes the car seat safer during an impact. Models that include EPS foam is the Graco SnugRide, Baby Trend Flex Loc, Chicco Keyfit and Evenflo Discovery.
Convertible car seats have the ability to be a rear-facing seat for infants and be converted to front-facing seats when the child is of age and weight. This type of car seat will be the next step in car seats before your child is able to use a booster seat. Most models of convertible car seats can fit a child that is between 5-65 lbs compared to the infant car seat, which can only fit a child that is between 4-22 lbs.
Some of the top brands and models of convertible car seat include:
Our convertible car seats also have a large variety of accessories that are adaptable for the child and parent's comfort. While convertible car seats may be a great way to stretch child expenditures, it is important to follow all manufacturer guidelines and state regulations to ensure the safety of your child. You can also contact your pediatrician for further safety advice concerning car seats.
The booster car seat is the last car seat the child will ever need. The booster car seat has a completely different design intention compared to the infant car seats and convertible car seats.
Children who are able to use booster seats are lifted higher on the seat so that the vehicle's safety belt fits correctly. Booster seats are designed for children that are at least 4 years of age and can be used until the child is between 8 and 12 years of age.
For child and parent convenience, features on some booster seats include:
Since many convertible car seats can accommodate a child to 65 lbs, many parents prefer to purchase a booster seat which is backless. Backless booster seats are very light and easily portable.
Some of the top booster seat brands and models include:
It is important to follow all manufacturer guidelines and state regulations to ensure the safety of your child.